I thought I would show you a few helpful hints to
using your PSP 9.. usually in time you learn these.. just by 'hands
on' working in PSP.
These are not in any kind of order... its just as
they come to me..
#1. You know
how we always copy a tube or graphic and paste it to your new
canvas window? this is another good way to do it instead of copying
#2. When your wanting to change the color of either your
foreground or background and you click on either the
foreground/stroke or background/fill color boxes on your materials
When the Material
Properties box pops up.. you can use your pointer to go point any
where on your tube to
pick a coordinating
color.. to fill your canvas with. When you see the right color you
want/like click once.
and it will replace
the previous color you had and be the current color.. click OK on
the material properties box now..
cut to UNDO'ing a step you don't like.. on keyboard Ctrl + Z comes in handy..
it will YOUR
#4. You can duplicate layers
with out copying and pasting too.
Rename your new duplicated layer.. you RIGHT click
on the new layer ON the layer palette NOT on the flower its self...
when you resize a graphic 99% of time it will need to be sharpened
#6. Using 3D drop shadows will make the difference in what
quality a tag will look like..
Here below are two examples.. its a BIGGG
difference in the 'LOOK' of the tag.. yes?.. there are all kinds of
things you can do to DRESS up your creations...
Below I put 2
shadows on the flower and heart.. first a small on in black to make
it POP out then a
feathered shadow in pink.. around them.. then on the Text I put an
inner bevel.. plus a 3D drop shadow. World of difference huh
#7. Notice how some tubes you get its like several tubes on the
same layer? I've had people to ask me.. HOW do I get just that ONE
thing off of there that I want... Here's how.
Use your selection tool as shown above, set the
selection type 'Point to point'. You just left click going around
tube your wanting,
when you get to the last click to enclose it you right click. Copy
and Paste it as a new image. or Copy and paste it as a new layer, if
you have another canvas your working on.
#9. Some graphics are very pretty if you mist them...here are
some ' hints' on that
Here is the original picture
# 10. If you look on the layer palette you can tell if
the graphic your working on is a background graphic.
Before you can
do most things to it.. you need to convert it to a raster layer.
Right click on the background layer on the layer palette and choose
'promote background layer'
#11. Click your selection tool as shown below and set
the selection TYPE to what ever shape you want the misted pic to
here I choose Ellipse, set the feather to 20 *play around with this to different numbers
and see what it does.*
Draw/drag out your selection on where
you want it on your graphic. Once you do that.. as below then you go
to Selections/INVERT then CUT or
#12. After I
inverted and cut the extra around the bowl of violets.. I ADDED a
new raster layer
flower layer and filled it with a coordinating color then merged the
two of them. See sample below.
#13. Some times we
need to know how to make something seamless, like when making
backgrounds etc... depends on
what kind of
seamless your needing.. if your making stationary and your image is
like 1024 x 300 and your need to tile it vertically or
horizontally.. or sometimes both...
This below is sample of a background tile
that I need to make seamless.
These settings above is for a seamless tile in all
#14. There are
times you want to change the color of just one part of a
tube/graphic. In the below graphic
I want to change
the color of the Heart. Use your Freehand selection tool as shown ,
0 feather and carefully go
around the exact
edges where the heart touches the flowers.. where its on the
transparency you don't have to worry or get that close..
Go to ADJUST/Hue and Saturation/Colorize
#15. The Hue is the Color your wanting.. the Saturation
is how light or deep of a color do you want. Try different
combinations to see what you like..
Inner bevels are used to make a tube or text more dimensional.
Here is the settings I used for mine.
Settings for the 3D drop shadow
Below is samples of each..
Cleaning up stray pixels on tubes where someone didn't do a good
job... is a must!!
the Warp brush...is a very cool effect. And comes in handy when your
making an animation where the graphic moves.
I mostly use the Push/pull warp mode.. but to make an animation so that it looks like
its breathing you use the EXPAND
NOTE:....when you use the
warp tool.. on a graphic you need to use your selection tool set on
circle and make a lil selection just on that place you used the warp
brush on, and SHARPEN once... or it will be blurry and not look
#19. Adding a frame
to a canvas/project. You don't have to worry about merging all the
layers... when you
add the frame
it will do that automatically. Go to IMAGE/Add a border. The ADD a
border box pops up
to make the frame the same size on all sides.. make sure the
symmetric box is checked.. if you want
for instance the
top and bottom wider than the sides then you would UN check that and
adjust accordingly on how
you want it to
look. If you click on the color box there on the Add border window..
the materials box will
pop up you can then
point with your mouse anywhere out side the box on a place on your
graphic to match a coordinating color.
#20. Below I added
a 2nd border in purple as you can see.. made it a bit wider than the
first pink one.. it was 12 pixels.
*not shown* I now
used my magic wand tool as shown and clicked on the pink frame and
applied a 3D drop shadow..
using purple and not black. it makes the frame kind of POP. I
also clicked on the purple outside frame with the magic wand tool
and applied an inner bevel.
#21. Here is another way to make frames.
If you will notice on the flower pot above
it has a small gingham heart... I made a selection of 4 of the
squares and made it seamless *explained above*.
I'm going to use this gingham 'fill' as a frame.
Set your materials palette to pattern ,if you notice, any graphic
you have open on your PSP desktop will show up here on the material
patterns drop down list... you can see the green gingham pattern and
its tilled . I used at 100 %
I filled the FRAME layer with this gingham fill
After you fill the new layer with the gingham you
go to Selections/Select ALL/Modify/contract...
I used 15 pixels.. that will be the width of the
new frame.. then I CUT or Delete.
I filled again on
the same layer with a pink color and did the same as above.
but only did it by
2 pixels this time then cut. INVERT/ and applied a drop shadow in
black on it.. finished below..
I know I can come up with
lots more hints and tricks... but will save them for the next
tutorial.. I hope some of these helped..
till next tutorial